What is Lines for Life?
Lines for Life is a non-profit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide because they touch so many lives in our community.
The Lines for Life Crisis Call Center provides hope through free, confidential crisis intervention and referral services 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Our phone services are free and confidential and aim to connect callers to help, including suicide de-escalation, alcohol and drug treatment, mental health counseling, medical resources, and other support. All calls are taken by compassionate staff and volunteers who are carefully screened, interviewed, and extensively trained.
Lines for Life receives over 70,000 calls a year on our crisis lines.
What do Volunteers Do?
Volunteers answer calls to our Drug and Alcohol Helpline, Suicide Prevention Lifeline (local and national), Youthline, Military Helpline, and Senior Loneliness Line. They provide essential care to vulnerable members of our community, creating a safety net by offering an informed, compassionate responses to our callers.
What Sort of Training is Involved?
Volunteers receive 60 hours of professional training in the areas of crisis intervention, suicide prevention, addiction, mental health issues, multicultural sensitivity, veterans' issues, and navigating community resources. As part of this training, volunteers will participate in an internationally recognized, evidence-based suicide prevention workshop called ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).
In addition to individualized staff supervision, we offer group clinical supervision with a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II) twice per month. For those pursuing certification as a drug and alcohol counselor, up to 225 hours of the time spent in training and answering calls can be used toward ACCBO certification.
Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older to participate in this opportunity.
How Do I Sign Up?
For more information or to fill out an application, please visit our website at www.linesforlife.org/volunteer/. For any additional questions, please contact the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (971) 244-4619.